Janek Awaits Direction From Lege on Medicaid Expansion

Texas Executive Health Commissioner Kyle Janek clarified on Thursday why negotiations between the federal government and the Health and Human Services Commission on whether to expand Medicaid are at a standstill: He's waiting on the Legislature.

“It makes more sense to me as an unelected official to wait for the Legislature to finish its work,” Janek, who oversees five state health agencies, told Evan Smith, the Tribune’s CEO and editor-in-chief, at a health care symposium in Austin.

Janek explained that even without intervention from the Legislature, it’s already within his purview to negotiate with the federal government on ...

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